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How to Prevent Eczema Complications

How to Prevent Eczema Complications

Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions. About 15-20% of Americans experience one of the seven different types of eczema at some point in their lives.

Our skin care experts at Jordan Valley Dermatology Center in South Jordan, Utah, specialize in treating eczema to relieve itching and irritation. Douglass Forsha, MD, and our team provide dermatological care for people of all ages. 

What is eczema?

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition in which areas of skin become red, scaly, and itchy. Sometimes eczema causes small fluid-filled blisters that weep. It’s not contagious because it doesn’t stem from pathogens like bacteria or viruses.

You can experience eczema temporarily, or it can be a chronic, recurring skin condition. Understanding how to prevent eczema complications is essential for your mental and physical wellbeing.

Causes, risk factors, and frequency

Both internal and external factors can trigger eczema. 

Internal risk factors

The primary risk factor for eczema is a hereditary predisposition to certain conditions, such as hay fever and asthma. 

Excessive sweating of the feet and hands (hyperhidrosis) can also cause eczema. Sweat may release allergens from socks, shoes, or gloves. In addition, excessive sebum (oil) production can lead to eczema. Eczema usually occurs on the scalp, chest, back, and genitals.

External risk factors

Many external factors can irritate the skin and cause eczema. Although there are thousands of substances that potentially trigger eczema, the most common include metals such as nickel (in buttons, jewelry, or glasses), fragrances in perfumes, latex, creams, or other personal care products. 

Frequent hand washing with substances such as soaps and disinfectants can worsen eczema. Hairdressers, cleaning specialists, nurses, and workers in the metal and construction industries are particularly at risk. 

Taking some medications, such as antibiotics while being in the sun, can also trigger eczema.

Preventing eczema complications

There are several effective ways to prevent eczema complications. If an allergy or irritant is causing eczema, avoid contact with the triggers. Often, this is enough for the rash to heal and stop appearing in the future.

Some substances that can trigger eczema are:

Tell Dr. Forsha which substances you’ve come into contact with so he can determine your possible triggers. The trigger is something that has touched you in the location where the rash occurs. For example, costume jewelry can cause eczema on the earlobe or neck, suggesting an allergy to nickel.

Beneficial skin care

Establish a healthy skin care routine and follow Dr. Forsha’s recommendations for keeping your skin healthy. It’s usually best to stick with a mild soap for your bath or shower and pat your skin dry instead of rubbing. Apply a moisturizer immediately after drying to seal in the moisture. 

Stay healthy this summer

Staying well-hydrated and wearing suitable warm-weather clothing is a great way to prevent eczema complications. It’s also helpful to avoid sudden changes in humidity or temperature.

The best way to prevent eczema complications

The best way to prevent eczema complications is to visit Jordan Valley Dermatologists at the first sign of a rash. Dr. Forsha and our team have many options to ensure quick and effective symptom relief. Some treatments may include:

If you’re experiencing eczema symptoms, call Jordan Valley Dermatology Center or send us a secure message today.

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